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Then a few days later Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.” Holder and Clinton have finally voiced the reality: There’s politics. There’s dirty politics. And then there’s the trifecta of progressive politics—lying, cheating, and stealing to win.
Of course, everyone plays politics. Republicans used their Senate majority status in 2016 to reject President Obama’s election-year Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flexed the muscle of the majority to control the Judiciary Committee’s hearings and refused to schedule the necessary hearing and vote for Garland.
Years - Republicans - Friend - Democrats - Sen
A few years earlier, Republicans instead found the filibuster their friend, when Democrats and Sen. Harry Reid controlled the Senate. But then Reid removed that political weapon from Republicans’ arsenal when he nuked the filibuster for lower-court nominees. Looking ahead, the retiring Reid suggested that if Democrats took back the Senate following the 2016 election, a further rule change would remove the filibuster option for Supreme Court nominees.
Reid was half-right. When Republicans won two years ago and Democrats used the filibuster to resist confirming Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Republicans responded as Reid suggested. Then with a simple majority, Republicans confirmed both Gorsuch and later Brett Kavanaugh.
Filibuster - Democrats - Politics - Detail - Senate
With the filibuster gone, Democrats play politics with a different detail: Senate rules that, absent consent, require a formal “cloture” vote for any presidential appointee subject to confirmation, followed by a day without action, then 30 hours of post-cloture debate. This tactic, so perfected by Democrats that The New York Times branded their efforts the “art of the delay,” translates into “an average of three and a half days spent considering each nominee.” To put that into perspective, it would take a full “11 years and four...
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